40 under 40

Our 2013 edition of the list features young hotshots who are rocking businesses as diverse as air travel, natural gas, and genetic coding, as well as—if you can believe it— government.

17. Ross Martin

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  • Age: 39
  • Title: EVP, Scratch
  • Company: Viacom Media Networks

This cerebral, sneaker-collecting poetry major became Viacom's brand innovator for the MTV generation. After nearly a decade in film, Martin was recruited by Viacom as head of programming for MTVU. There he founded what is now called Scratch, an in-house marketing laboratory that partners with megabrands to come up with fresh ways to reach millennials. "Young people are turning these companies into what they want them to be," he says.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 30 2013 03:41 PM ET
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